Surfside Beach, SC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Surfside Beach, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Surfside Beach had a population of 4,604 as of July 1, 2017. Surfside Beach ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Surfside Beach is located at latitude 33.6096 and longitude -78.9775 in Horry County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Surfside Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Horry County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The Town of Surfside Beach (GNIS ID: 2406696) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Surfside Beach is located within Myrtle Beach Division of Horry County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Surfside Beach population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Surfside Beach: Floral Beach.

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Surfside Beach, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,604
Daytime Population: Workers 3,665
Daytime Population: Residents 2,248
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,913
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.28
Population in Households 4,604
Population in Familes 3,264
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 2,383
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $47,824
Average Household Income $60,867
Per Capita Income $29,612


Total Housing Units 4,972 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,407 (28.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 837 (16.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,728 (54.9%)
Median Home Value $303,881
Average Home Value $322,706


Total Households 2,244
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 1,274
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.55% 2.79%
Households 2.58% 2.77%
Families 2.33% 2.58%
Median Household Income   2.07%
Per Capita Income   2.36%

Surfside Beach, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Surfside Beach to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 104 74th
Population Density # 15 96th
Diversity Index # 384 3rd
Median Household Income # 110 72nd
Per Capita Income # 45 89th

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